4 July 2019
The month-long pad yatra of Thai monks and nuns, which started from Dharamshala last month, concluded at Leh. A group of volunteers from Chandigarh also took part in the final leg of the peace walk, when a procession started from Leh Market and reached the Shanti Stupa, a major centre of tourist attraction in Ladakh.
The participants were felicitated by Venerable Bhikkhu Sanghasena, Founder President, Save the Himalayas Foundation (SHF). Purpose of this 4thannual pad yatra was to spread the message of world peace and protection of Himalayan heritage and environment.
Bhikkhu Sanghasena, President, Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC) Leh-Ladakh said, “We wholeheartedly welcome the participants of the Pad Yatra and International Conference on ‘World Peace, 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of the Himalayas’.”
Narviay Yadav, General Secretary, SHF Chandigarh Chapter, said, “SHF is an initiative to preserve the true grace of Himalayas and protect the eco system. It was founded by Ven Sanghasena in 2016 to restore and protect the land, nature, cultures and values that form this glorious part of Earth.”
The pad yatra, a walking pilgrimage, initially started from Bodh Gaya and via Dharamshala, it entered the Ladakh region, where it concluded at the Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC), Leh. Prominent among the City volunteers included Major Deepak Chaudhary, Dr Vandana Shukla, Dr Amit Nagpal, Narvijay Yadav and Brijesh Bhatt.